Breaking Down the Action:
  • Mike Postle Drops Lawsuit
  • Chris Moneymaker Reveals Real Name is Smith
  • Sam Trickett Calls Time on Partypoker Ambassadorship
  • Fedor Holz Narrowly Misses Out on SCOOP Title  
  • Sam Grafton and Parker Talbot Join Team Partypoker Online

It’s been a very busy week in poker, so if you’ve been at the felt and haven’t had time to read about some of the stories you might have missed, we’ve got your back. From a lawsuit to a lie, one pro turning in his badge and two others being patched up, let’s take a trip around the tables.

Mike Postle Drops Lawsuit

The Mike Postle Legal Battle might feel like it’s been rumbling on for 20 years, but in reality, it’s less than two. Officially declared a ‘saga’ many months ago, the first signs that this poker pandemic tale may be nearing its conclusion surfaced this week.

Postle, lest we forget, was accused of cheating in a series of cash games streamed live via Stones Gambling Hall, kicking off a multi-lawsuit dispute that has shaped modern poker and in particular streaming security. You can read all about the case in more detail right here, but this week, Postle dropped his lawsuit in which he alleged that poker players, media companies and others in the industry had defamed his good name.

This lawsuit wasn’t taken lying down by the poker names at the top of the 90-long list, with Veronica Brill and Todd Witteles both countering with anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suits. Having tried to intimidate and silence his opponents in the case, Postle has backed down, and his case has been dismissed as of the rather appropriate date of April 1st in the Superior Court of California.

In case you missed Joey Ingram’s incredible lampooning of the moment the alleged cheating began right here in all its glory.

Chris Moneymaker Reveals Real Name is Smith

In a potentially more shocking turn of events, 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Smith declared that… wait, what?

Yes, that’s right, Chris Moneymaker has revealed that his oh-so-appropriate name for a world champion who won $2.5 million from an $86 satellite on PokerStars isn’t actually his real name. Having used a former ‘drinking’ driving license as his moniker for the tournament broadcast on ESPN as the beginning of the Millennium, Moneymaker revealed this week that his actual birth name is Christopher Brian Smith.

Hardly a name to launch a thousand poker tours, we’ll accept, but he has to be a shoo-in for a tell-all expose on CBS with those initials. The man simply cannot help being box office.

Watch his hilarious reveal in this PokerNews video right here:

Sam Trickett Calls Time on Partypoker Ambassadorship

While Moneymaker, ahem… Smith [That’s going to take some getting used to -Ed] recently made the move from PokerStars to America’s Cardroom, one pro who won’t be shuffling up I a big game too soon is Sam Trickett. The partypoker ambassador called time on his recent ambassadorship for the orange diamond in an emotional post on Twitter:

While Trickett may not be playing on partypoker any time soon, we wish him the very best in his hiatus. He’s a British poker legend and we’re sure that he’ll be back in the future to win that elusive World Series of Poker bracelet or even an Irish Open, especially since partypoker smashed their recent €1m guarantee in the online version of the event won by Pavel Veksler this week.

Fedor Holz Narrowly Misses Out on SCOOP Title  

It’s not like German high roller and poker tournament legend Fedor Holz to miss out on anything, but this week, it happened. Holz got heads-up in the $10,000-entry SCOOP Event #6 only to find himself out of luck when heads-up against Laszlo Bujtas.

Holz, of course, recently triumphed heads-up in the much-discussed clash against Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski in the pair’s actually-quite-limited four session match, but could only last half a dozen hands against Bujtas when push came to all-in shove. Holz started the match with a deficit of 2:5 in the heads-up match, but that quickly got a lot worse when he was a 93% favourite to win the hand on the turn and a loser on the river as Bujtas bluffed then caught with king-jack to win the quarter-million up top. Holz had to make do with ‘just’ $196,995.

Sam Grafton and Parker Talbot Join Team Partypoker Online

It’s been a very busy week over at PokerStars with the ‘Red Spade’ brand taking on six new Team Online ambassadors which include Andre Coimbra, Parker Talbot and perhaps most impressively, Sam Grafton.

While Parker Talbot a.k.a. ‘tonkaaaa’ has already been an ambassador for 888poker, patching up has always been something that Grafton seems to have resisted in the past. An online poker legend with over $5 million in online winnings, nicknamed ‘The Squid’ after a former digital moniker, Grafton will be great value for any poker fans. With his brand of chirpy quick wit and intelligent provocation, Grafton’s appointment fascinates us and adds new credibility to a PokerStars roster that has lost more talent than it has gained in recent years. It’s hard to imagine it taking ‘Stars so long to sign up the British superstar when you look back at how much value he’s given EPT Fans over the years.

Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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